I am sorry to further inconvienience you but I feel I must respond to your suggestion that there is no reason to believe that the Isrealites of the Exodus would be unaware of the Babylonian flood myth.
The Isrealites were enslaved in Egypt for four hundred years and I know of no one who argues that the creation narrative of Genesis existed in written form prior to their liberation. So I must ask how someone can conclude that the flood myths of Mesopotamia were influential on this later narrative and use the argument that an ancestor 120 generations removed was born in the town of Ur without addressing how and why the Babylonian flood myth was relavent to the great, great, … grandson of an Egyptian slave? According to the narrative provided by the Hebrews these liberated slaves were so thoroughly steeped in Egyptian myth that it was necessary that they wander the desert until all who had escaped Egypt were dead and yet you would argue that this same Hebrew narrative included motifs borrowed from Babylon just because of the age of the artifacts. IMO that’s not a very strong argument for pedigree but it may qualify as controversial. ;-)
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